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Old 08-18-2006, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Sharon R.
Midtown sounds like a good area for you. Atlantic Station is cool and very convenient, but since it's brand new there is no history, nothing architecturally significant.
Sharon, I'll definitely post my thoughts in this thread while I am visiting next weekend. As I've said many times though, it's got to be better than Phoenix!
Originally Posted by atlantagreg
Well heck, if I could afford the Spire I'd love it too! LOL! Up to $329,000 for a 1 BR condo - give me one and I'll love Atlanta so much I'll be a walking Viagra ad. ;-)
Actually, not even close! A 1 BR currently on the 23rd floor at the Spire is only $239,000, but don't tell anybody because I want it as I'm sure it would be a good investment! There are others in the area around the same price or less though if you want one! If I am to make this move, then I will be living like that. I have been six months in this Phoenix hole, and I am going to make up for that by not settling for mediocrity.
Originally Posted by atlantagreg
As far as crime stats, there are a few things to remember. First, the numbers here get "altered", as this article explains:
Yes I was aware of the altering of the crime statistics prior to the 1996 Olympic Games. Atlanta should not have hosted them, but from quite a bit of research, I have seen that the numbers have been dropping since then, and the numbers have slowly been reported more accurately recently too, although I am also aware that it is not as safe as Seattle, and nowhere near as safe as Melbourne.

I have found that most violent crime occurs in areas that I will not be venturing into, and it is not as random and as wide spread across the metro area as in Phoenix. The larger Australian presence in Atlanta should also make me feel much more secure than in Phoenix too I'm sure.
Originally Posted by atlantagreg
If you want to compare Atlanta vs. Phoenix crime stats (per capita, per 100,000 people) then you can go to the following link to do so...
Yes I'm aware that the 'city' of Atlanta has greater crime than the 'city' of Phoenix, but as I said above, it's the metropolitan area of Phoenix that has greater crime than the metropolitan area of Atlanta.

I live in a 'good' (cough, cough) part of Phoenix with million dollar homes hiding behind ugly fortress walls and ugly dusty desert landscaping two blocks to the north, while serial shootings, meth addicts and car theft operations are located two blocks to the south. It is like this throughout and no way to escape it.
Originally Posted by atlantagreg
Last to consider is that after Hurricane Katrina, Atlanta "adopted" roughly 25,000 to 30,000 (est) evacuees. Many just poor victims, but a number of them criminals.
I hope to stay out of the areas that the majority of crime occurs. There are Hurricane Katrina refugees here too, but the undocumented citizens is a far greater problem in Phoenix of course.
Originally Posted by atlantagreg
Again, you'll develop your own impressions of the city when here, and if you like it that's all that matters. I just know that SOME folks have this really odd impression that Atlanta is some kind of oasis big city or something, then when they come here they're like, "Uh... what???"
Ha ha ha...I'm not expecting an oasis! I am also aware of the high crime figures, even if it is dopping a little and less than the Phoenix metro area. I just need my life back after six months in this hole, so if I can walk around to restaurants, pubs, shops, the park, the cinema, museum, etc., then I am a lot better off that in Phoenix! I would like to experience a new city, and Phoenix has not satisfied that urge as it is an anti-urban anti-city with a lot more problems, and a lot less likely to meet my needs of course.

I have read the 50 things that Atlantans love to hate about the city from the Sunday paper recently, and the friends I have there agree with some, but not as much as others. I suppose I will get a good feel for myself next weekend when I visit for six days.

As for Phoenix, this city is worse now than this article that appeared in Seattle's Stranger in 2001, an alternative, liberal weekly...

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Old 08-28-2006, 01:57 PM
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I'm also from Melbourne. Moved to Atlanta about 4 months ago. For the first month I was in a hotel near the Perimeter and was really doubting my decision to move here.

I now live in midtown (although I chose a smaller, low-rise building) and am really starting to enjoy the city. Midtown is pretty good. Lots of restuarants, a few decent bars and some clubs (which aren't really my scene). Trust me, it's not Brunswick St, Acland St, or Chapel St, but not too bad.

I really like the suburbs of Virginia Highlands and Little 5 Points. They are kind of similar with Little 5 being a bit 'grungier' and less gentrified - think Fitzroy vs Collingwood or St Kilda vs Elwood (depending on which side of the Yarra you're from ). Both of these areas are a short drive from Midtown (you could even walk to the Highlands).

In general, I've found the people here to be great. Lots of live music, great park in midtown, and always something to do. I love Melbourne so I am biased when I say it isn't as good as living in Melbourne, but it's pretty good none the less.

Anyway, good luck with your move, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions you think I may be able to help you with (Like finding a place to watch the Grand Final)

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Old 08-28-2006, 02:43 PM
Location: RE/MAX Gwinnett,Atlanta
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Well it seems like we are all talking about the same thing these days. I am a Realtor with RE/MAX and I have a lot of the same background as the Aussie here. I too like the same music and in fact had previously owned a multi media production company that housed some great rock bands. Now to speak with reference to the area here in Midtown, Atlantic Station and the surrounding areas I think I would have to agree with the majority in saying that you are making the right choice in the area. I personally live in the Highlands, which is adjacent to midtown and buckhead. It all depends on the type of life that you intend on living.
The luxurious glamorous club hitting night life could and would be found in Buckhead. Although I would say that it is getting somewhat spread out these days. Midtown is more artistic. This area has been revitalized by taking many of the old historic sites and converting them into lofts and high rise apartment complexes. The Highlands is where I feel most at home due to its very relaxed surroundings, neighborly people and fantastic music scene. I also chose this area because I am not one to line in a high rise or apartment complex. I chose to live in a home built in 1938 that has been refurbished. Many homes in the area retail for no less than $569k. This varies as does the character of each home.
A great segue for invesment opportunities and transitional areas. You will hear locals speak of Inman Park, Emory, Briarcliff, Old Fourth Ward, Atlantic Station and other sects around the municipalities I have already mentioned. With the exception of Emory and Briarcliff all the areas are experiencing revitalization, growth and transition. You can find great deals, but you may have to cope with some transition.
With respect to pricing you can find anything, but you have to know where to look. I read somewhere $329k in Atlantic. That's about right, but there are other places near and around Atlantic that are positive investments.
Well I feel that this is enough advice from a professional in the industry. I think you have made a wise life choice and financially profitable decision. There are folks coming from everywhere to gain from the lifestyle and opportunities.

I wish you the best and feel free to contact me to chat. I love to share my education and knowledge. It is a great pleasure for me to release the burden of holding this information in Good Luck!


David M. Figueroa

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Old 09-26-2006, 01:57 AM
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Little five points/virgina highland is our version of seattle...many artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians, and live music clubs.
As far as living in a midtown highrise, that could be ok, but i would not recommend a woman to be walking around downtown/midtown after dark.
I hate to be blunt, and many will disagree with me, but i lived in atlanta 39 years, the last 5 years i lived in a high rise in that area. On a regular basis i walked on peachtree road and down to peidmont park.
Midtown atlanta is not like other urban cities, after 5pm most people go home to the suburbs, yes there are some urban dwellers in high rises, but they usually take their car to the park or to buckhead or whereever. There is a lot of beggers, crackheads, and hustlers walking around downtown/midtown and many others driving around looking for crime to commit. I moved from atlanta cause i was tired of all the bums and hustlers asking me for money, trying to start a conversation etc...i couldn't imagine being a woman and going trough that. So, i would not buy anything till you have had a chance to walk around there and see how deserted the streets are. If you are intent of walking a lot, as i am, look for a high rise near piedmont park as there are many joggers/dog walkers etc...but peachtree road/west peachtree/atlantic station is dangerous.
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